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Wertman, Sarah Killgorelocked

(01 March 1843–21 May 1935)
  • Virginia G. Drachman

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Wertman, Sarah Killgore (01 March 1843–21 May 1935), attorney, was born in Jefferson, Clinton County, Missouri, the daughter of attorney and statesman David Killgore and his wife, Elizabeth (maiden name unknown). Raised in a pious Christian home, Killgore graduated in 1862 from Ladoga Seminary and then taught school in Clinton County, not far from her parents’ home. In 1869, after years of conversations with her father, Killgore determined to act on her lifelong interest to study law. She enrolled at the Union College of Law in Chicago, Illinois, and transferred to the University of Michigan in 1870. In 1871 she became the first woman to receive the LL.B. from the Law School of the University of Michigan and the first to be admitted to the bar of the supreme court of the state of Michigan. However, three years of rigorous academic life took their toll on Killgore, and she spent the next several years in gradual recuperation before she regained her full health....

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